Dry Needling

Dry Needling is a specialized technique in the world of chiropractic care and physical therapy that focuses on targeting defined trigger points within your muscular system. Through the use of solid filiform needles or hollow-core hypodermic needles, specifically designated trigger points are targeted to relieve muscle pain. Used as a common therapeutic method for people with myofascial pain syndrome and other muscle-related discomfort, dry needling stimulates the affected muscles in efforts to relieve tension at its root.
 
Dry Needling is similar to Acupuncture in terms of the targeted points and purpose with needle placement, with a few key differences. In dry needling, affected muscles are defined and targeted based on physical therapy and chiropractic principles of the muscular system. In acupuncture, targeted points are related to ‘a-shi’ points in the body, and points along the meridian, which are based on traditional Chinese medicine. The key distinction between Dry Needling and Acupuncture is the targeted education behind it. Dry Needling is focused on the connection between trigger points and proven chiropractic techniques, requiring a degree of training, certification, and constant education. Here at ESP, we only believe in practicing emerging chiropractic techniques that have a solid physiological and orthopedic basis at its root. 
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Sports Medicine

cupping therapy

Cupping therapy is a specialized form of alternative treatment where vacuum cups are placed on the areas of the skin to create suction and release tension. Cupping therapy is typically performed to promote blood flow and relaxation, while reducing pain and inflammation. Vacuum cupping may seem like an emerging health trend, but its roots trace back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern practices. 
 
ESP Sports Medicine uses a contemporary vacuum cupping therapy technique, without fire, but rather a strong pull from a handheld pump or an electric vacuum machine.

Over the past 10 years, cupping therapy, and particularly vacuum cupping, which involves using a vacuum machine to create negative pressure, has become much more accepted and common as the research has supported the progressive, non-traditional benefits for the therapy. Dr. St. Pierre has used the practice in combination with Graston Technique® and Dry Needling extensively over his Olympic career to promote an accelerated healing reaction. Instead of waiting for you heal, we support the healing process and promote a change that we can work with. The cups are applied down onto your skin, creating a vacuum that suctions your skin and causes it to rise and swell. Left on for up to 3 minutes, the cups release tension in the skin by stimulating your blood vessels. Once removed, you may experience elevated relaxation, comfort, and mobility. This practice requires undivided focus, targeted training, and a comprehensive understanding of the musculoskeletal system, which is why we only recommend receiving treatment by our professional team at ESP.  The ESP team is professionally trained in cupping therapy, with our physical therapists, sports medicine chiropractors, and massage therapists all regularly performing this treatment with delicacy and care. 

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Graston Technique®

The Graston Technique® is a patented deep tissue treatment performed with the aid of a specialty instrument. Through the use of this instrument, tense tissue is precisely detected and treated with deep pressure and tactile focus. The use of the Graston Technique® enables our physical therapy and chiropractic team to fine-tune our treatments to specifically affected areas with unrivaled precision. 

 
The Graston Technique® is considered an intensive procedure, with deep tissue manipulation via specialized instruments. The instrument used is a flat stainless steel device that scrapes the outer layer of your skin to stimulate blood flow and release tension in muscle knots. This process requires unbreakable focus, targeted precision, and a delicate touch. In order to practice the Graston Technique®, practitioners must be officially certified by through defined training and evaluation. Dr. St. Pierre, the owner and founder of ESP, is a certified Graston Technique® professional, and has even trained others in his field as an official instructor. 

ACTIVE RELEASE TECHNIQUE® (ART)

ART is a patented, state-of-the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.

BLOOD FLOW RESTRICTION (BFR)

BFR allows faster recovery times, stronger healing potentials and limits the loss of strength and muscle mass during a normal recovery from injury. Blood pressure cuffs allow us to restrict blood flow safely which then stimulates growth hormones and other healing factors while you perform lower intensity exercise. This stimulates the brain to promote healing while you’re unable to tolerate heavier training. An athlete will keep their strength because they can now rehab at a physiologically high-intensity without actually training hard to get the healing effect. Acute muscle and tendon injuries, chronic tendinitis, ligament and arthritis injuries can rehab at a higher state without investing in more expensive PRP or stem cell injections. BFR therapy is also safe for all ages. Let us help boost your injury rehab and maybe we could help an old injury turn the corner.

NormaTec

Keeping active is important for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, however all athletes deal with a certain amount of post training muscle microtrauma and exercise-induced inflammation.  Recovery from training associated trauma is a crucial  component to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Athletes who do not adequately recover from training often end up with exercise-induced injuries commonly seen as muscle strains, swelling, and movement dysfunction. One form of post training recovery treatment that has been found to be especially effective is dynamic compression. Dynamic compression has be shown to  help accelerate recovery, reduce edema, promote flow of lymph, and improve blood flow. The NormaTec Recovery system uses dynamic compression to mimic the body’s natural muscle pump to remove fluid and metabolites out of the extremities after a workout.

B-12 Injections

B12 information coming soon…

Stem Cell Injections

The innovative minds at ESP believe in harnessing the power of medical advancements and technologies to reduce pain and improve quality of life, and our stem cell therapy is an important part of that. This form of regenerative medicine is focused on generating new, healthy cells that repair and/or replace older, damaged cells, and in turn, create fresh tissue that reduces pain and heals injuries. Stem cell therapy is an emerging treatment of the regenerative medicine world, with revolutionary potential for people with persistent pain, discomfort, and immobility.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

Platelet rich plasma, or PRP, is a form of regenerative medicine therapy that is focused on separating, identifying, and reintroducing platelets into the blood to promote healing and recovery. Similar to stem cell therapy, platelet rich plasma is focused on integrating healthy elements into the body to repair damaged tissue and relieve pain. But unlike stem cell therapy, PRP uses your own blood and platelets to promote healing, creating a circular process of regeneration.